Affiliates for ROAPE’s Editorial Working Group

The Review of African Political Economy is looking for affiliates to join the journal’s Editorial Working Group (EWG) for a year starting from January 2020.

Eligible candidates should be African nationals currently attached to a UK university for a PhD in the social sciences or humanities with an interest in the journal’s academic and activist work. Preference will be given to applicants who will have finished their fieldwork by January 2020, and who will be resident in the UK in the following year.

The remit of the journal is as follows: ‘Since 1974, ROAPE has provided radical analysis of trends, issues and social processes in Africa, adopting a broadly materialist interpretation of change. It pays particular attention to the political economy of inequality, exploitation and oppression, and to struggles against them, whether driven by global forces or local ones (such as class, race, ethnicity and gender). It sustains a critical analysis of the nature of power and the state in Africa in the context of capitalist globalisation.’

The person appointed would get first-hand knowledge of editing a radical journal and contributing to some of the tasks involved as part of the ROAPE collective. This might include writing or editing contributions for our website,, which includes blogs, debates, conference reports and interviews among its content. It might also include contributing to other aspects of the journal’s work, for example, through book reviews, refereeing of articles, support for conferences and workshops, IT, social media and communications. Affiliates will receive a formal letter of appointment and certificate, travel expenses for attending the journal’s quarterly meetings (which are usually held in January, April, June and October) and a free copy of the journal whilst in office.

The journal hopes to gain a broader input, particularly from young people who are actively engaged in appropriate research and activism. The kind of affiliate the journal is looking for is preferably in their late second or third year, committed to the objectives and analysis of the journal and will have returned from fieldwork. They will have to commit to trying to attend EWG meetings (four times a year) and to taking on occasional responsibilities, especially on the journal’s website. We also encourage affiliates to submit at least one piece of work to the journal for peer review whilst they are in office.

If you are interested in knowing more or in putting forward your name, please submit the following:

1) A statement on your reasons for wanting to become an affiliate (500 words max).

2) A CV, which should include:

– your name

– name and email address of your supervisor

– country of origin

– area or topic of research

– year of registration

– publications to date

– experience in relevant fields (event organising, IT, website, writing, editing etc)

The deadline for applications is the end of Friday 20 September 2019. If you have any questions, please contact the Chair of the Editorial Working Group, Hannah Cross. Applications should be returned to Hannah via email at

Featured Photograph: Mural of Amilcar Cabral in Praia, Cape Verde (28 February, 2015).


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